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Blagojevich Appeal Rejected By Supreme Court

Mar 28, 2016
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The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday by former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich to throw out his 2008 corruption convictions, which include an attempt to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama. 

An appeals court threw out five of the governor’s 18 convictions last year, but Supreme Court justices said they “drew a line” when he sought money for the vacant seat.  

Blagojevich is awaiting a resentencing trial in July. He currently is serving a 14-year prison sentence.

Republican Senators don't argue about Judge Merrick Garland's qualifications to be the next Supreme Court Justice. Garland is the chief judge of the U.S Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C.

They dislike that President Obama nominated him during an election year, during his last year in office, and that the moderate Garland would replace conservative icon Antonin Scalia.

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (L) and Tammy Duckworth

The newly chosen Illinois Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, Tammy Duckworth, says she backs President Barack Obama's choice for the U.S. Supreme Court.  She's calling on her opponent to do the same. 

The U.S. Senate's Republican leader says he'll block Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. 

But Rep. Duckworth says Garland has "impeccable credentials."

Duckworth is campaigning to take Republican Mark Kirk's Senate seat from him. 

Who will replace Justice Antonin Scalia is a campaign issue, as evidenced by Saturday’s Republican debate. The GOP presidential candidates agreed the Senate should not confirm President Obama's nominee, whoever it is.

The President has the Constitutional duty to name a successor to the late Supreme Court Associate Justice.

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About 100 convicted Illinois murderers sentenced as teenagers to life without parole are assured of resentencing after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday.

The high court ruled that its 2012 opinion barring automatic life terms for young offenders is retroactive.

The Illinois Supreme Court decreed the same thing two years ago.

Heidi Lambros, of the Office of the State Appellate Defender, says sentencing in two Illinois cases  already has been reconsidered.

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from gun owners who challenged a Chicago suburb's ban on assault weapons.

The justices on Monday refused to hear the case of a Highland Park pediatrician who objected to the city's 2013 ban on semi-automatic weapons and large-capacity magazines. The federal appeals court in Chicago upheld the Highland Park law, ruling that local governments have leeway in deciding how to regulate firearms.

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Some Hoosiers will pay close attention today as the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on same-sex marriage.

Last year, a federal court found Indiana’s same-sex marriage ban to be unconstitutional. This year, lawmakers passed a Religious Freedom law that some said allowed discrimination against same-sex couples.

The law was amended, but not before a local and national outcry. That’s why Katie Blair, who’s with the LGBTQ advocacy group Freedom Indiana, doesn’t think Indiana will revert to its old ways no matter how the U-S Supreme Court rules.

Updated at 7:03 a.m. ET Friday:

After an appeals court put Wisconsin's voter ID law back into effect, the Supreme Court voted to put the law on hold while the justices decide whether to take the case.

Marge Pitrof of Milwaukee's WUWM reports:

In a highly anticipated ruling, the Supreme Court ruled the federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.

The 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, was signed into law by President Bill Clinton, barring federal recognition of same-sex marriages for purposes such as Social Security survivors' benefits, insurance benefits, immigration and tax filing.

One of the Supreme Court's most anticipated cases of its current term — a challenge to the University of Texas' affirmative action admissions process — has ended with a ruling that does not revisit the fundamental issue of whether such programs discriminate against whites.

In a 7-1 ruling, the high court "vacated and remanded" an earlier decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which had upheld the university's program. (Justice Elena Kagan recused herself because when she was a lawyer at the Justice Department she had been involved in the case.)

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